Smoked Pork Sausage With Hard Cider Sauce Recipe

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Smoked Pork Sausage With Hard Cider Sauce Recipe
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  • 1 dried chipotle chile
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 1 cup rye bread
  • 1/2 cup Hard Cider
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • kosher salt
  • 4 (4-ounce) smoked pork sausages or cheddar wursts
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. In a bowl, cover the chipotle with hot water and let stand until softened, 30 minutes.
  3. Bake the halved apples cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet for 30 minutes, until tender. Let cool.
  4. Scoop the apple pulp into a food processor and discard the skins.
  5. Stem, seed and chop the chipotle; add it to the food processor and puree.
  6. Meanwhile, spread the bread in a pie plate and bake the pieces for about 10 minutes, until golden.
  7. In a saucepan, boil the hard cider with the vinegar, sugar and apple puree.
  8. Simmer, stirring, until reduced to 3/4 cup, 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from the heat and season with salt.
  10. Light a grill.
  11. Grill the sausages over moderate heat, turning, until lightly charred on both sides and cooked through, 12 minutes.
  12. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil.
  13. In a skillet, heat the oil until shimmering.
  14. Add the broccoli and season with salt. Cover and cook until browned, 2 minutes.
  15. Stir in the mustard, caraway, cider sauce and 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil.
  16. Remove from the heat, stir in the butter and season with salt.
  17. Serve the sausages with the broccoli and sauce, garnishing with the bread crumbs and apple matchsticks.
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